Five Benefits Of An Eco-Friendly Mattress

August 25, 2021

Buying a new mattress or upgrading your bedding is not always the most enjoyable thing to do. It is something most of us do not want to do, but must eventually address. When you are looking for a new mattress, consider getting an eco-friendly mattress. These mattresses are constructed from certified organic materials, just as comfortable as other mattresses, and ultimately offer a wide array of benefits for getting a good night’s rest. So, how does one maintain an eco-friendly position, while optimizing your sleep? By getting an eco-friendly, organic mattress, of course! We have outlined a few benefits of getting one of these wonderful mattresses below. Check it out and get ready for a great night of sleep!

They Are Hypoallergenic

Sleep should be a cozy, comfortable, and healthy experience. Unfortunately, your allergies can disrupt your sleep, setting the tone for an entire day of discomfort and allergic reactions. An organic mattress and bedding can offer some reprieve from such things if they are made with hypoallergenic materials. Hypoallergenic bedding is created with tightly woven fabric or can be as simple as zippered covers or slipcases for pillows. But what causes most allergies in the first place? The answer is shocking: dust mites. Dust mites are the leading cause of allergies in your home. These little critters prefer warm, wet, and dark environments. Like your bed, for instance. Hypoallergenic, tightly woven covers help prevent dust/dust mites from getting into the bed, thus protecting you from allergic reactions related to them. 

They Are Recyclable And Biodegradable

Replacing mattresses is usually an arduous task and many discarded mattresses end up taking up significant space in landfills, in the woods, in rivers and placed in various locations as people simply dump them wherever they please. This has a significantly negative impact on the environment, not to mention it clutters up the area and looks awful! Even traditional mattresses can be recycled into other products. The foam can be repurposed into carpet underlayment, for example, or the springs can be used for creating another appliance. Just imagine it now: your next toaster could be made from part of your old mattress! Organic mattresses are naturally recyclable since their components are biodegradable. When you are ready to recycle a mattress, get ahold of your local recycling authority. For an organic mattress, all you need to do is cut it open, separate the materials into different piles, and either upcycle or recycle them as appropriate. 

They Are Made From Sustainable Materials

If you are looking to reduce your impact on the environment and avoid potentially dangerous chemicals, it is imperative to select a mattress made with GOTS materials. GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard. The goal of GOTS is to bring together all the different organic standards and ensure they’re recognized internationally. The GOTS standard covers textiles and clothing made with organically produced raw materials. These materials protect workers, consumers, and the environment at all stages of the process (from manufacturing to sales). They are non-toxic, biodegradable, and can be renewed. Organic raw materials can include wool, flax, silk, cotton, and organic latex. All of these materials are used to make different types of natural mattresses, with vegan options — wool-free and carefully manufactured mattresses — readily available.

They Do Not Contain VOCs

According to the EPA, volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, are compounds like industrial solvents and can be found in fuels, hydraulic fluid, paint thinners, and many other industrial products. They have a high vapor pressure level, with very low water solubility. They can also be gasses that come from various materials or liquids. The materials used in traditional mattresses — namely, polyurethane — are one such material that generates these gasses. Traditional mattress emits some level of VOCs throughout the night. VOCs mostly are come from the polyurethane used in traditional mattresses and some of the various flame retardants incorporated into the mattress itself. Since organic mattresses do not use polyurethane or any of the plastics that contain these compounds, there aren’t going to be any VOC emissions from these types of mattresses throughout the night. While the VOC levels emitted by most mattresses aren’t really high enough to cause adverse health effects, it may be better to avoid taking that chance in the first place and go green instead.  

They Last Longer

According to most experts on such things, a mattress usually only lasts between seven and 11 years. If you have ever owned a mattress, you are probably already well aware of that. There are so many things that can determine how long a mattress lasts, including how much weight is applied onto the mattress, how often you use it, what materials were used in its construction, and the type of mattress. Mattresses should not sag, mess with your allergies, or otherwise turn your beauty sleep into a waking nightmare. Instead of replacing your standard mattress with another short-term replacement, you may want to consider going with an organic mattress. Since it is constructed from sustainable materials. Organic and eco-friendly mattresses last much longer; like the organic mattresses made by LA-based Avocado Green Mattress, who offer warranties on their mattresses for up to 25 years. Biodegradable materials, zero-waste, non-toxic substances, and near-zero carbon footprint all contribute positively to the longevity of an eco-friendly mattress. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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